Networks among people working to conserve kiwi are a good way to share information, expertise, know-how and resources. Here are a couple of ways to be kept up to date with what is happening in kiwi conservation:
Register as a Kiwi Practitioner and join the Kiwi Practitioners group on Facebook. The people on these groups are all working in kiwi conservation, and are happy to be part of a network sharing what they have learnt with others.
If you would like to join the list and share your experiences and expertise with others, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For teachers and students
LEARNZ is an online education programme that uses virtual field trips to provide learning experiences outside the classroom. LEARNZ provides a primary programme, and secondary school science and geography. Each year about 20 field trips are offered, and kiwi are regular topics. Students’ participation is supported by online background materials and activities, and is enabled using live audioconferencing, web board and diaries, images and videos uploaded daily.
The Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) is a Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society project for children. It began in 1988 and more than 17,000 children receive the Kiwi Conservation Club magazine, including around 1000 schools.
Peter Hanford, of P Hanford & Associates, has developed a bird identification site.
The Whatbird site provides a practical bird identification tool for community groups and landowners involved in biodiversity monitoring, allowing people to develop knowledge and field skills. It is not a complete database of New Zealand birds – it holds 51 exotic and native bird species likely to be encountered in and around New Zealand forests – but it’s a good start.
The New Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers is a web-based platform for environment groups, volunteers and anyone interested in the environment. Its aim is to increase environmental awareness and participation, and encourage a greater sharing of information and knowledge.
Captive rearing facilities involved in Operation Nest Egg™
Auckland Zoo, Auckland
Kiwi Encounter, Rainbow Springs, Rotorua
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch
Whangarei Native Bird Rescue Centre, Whangarei
Kiwi House and Native Bird Park, Otorohanga
West Coast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef Glacier